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The Boss: Bruce on third straight league win, Hogan confidence, sizzling Snoddy and defensive masterclass

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The Boss: Bruce on third straight league win, Hogan confidence, sizzling Snoddy and defensive masterclass

Steve Bruce spoke to club TV following the 1-0 win away at Nottingham Forest.

His thoughts are in full below.

On the victory at the City Ground...

We looked very solid defensively and good going forwards as well. 

The players did everything I asked of them and we looked comfortable today.

We could have done with that second goal to make it that little bit more comfortable.

But I'm very pleased with what we've seen tonight.

All in all, I'm very pleased with the decent run that we're on.


On the winning emphasis with promotion rivals having gained three points elsewhere...

We've got 19 left to play now and I've always said we've got to remain there or thereabouts, which we are.

We have to try and keep sustaining it and do our best to stay injury free.

We've picked up another one today in Glenn Whelan and Mile Jedinak is also out.

Let's hope we can be a bit luckier on that front.

But today I'm really pleased. We've come to a tough ground, against a team who've just beaten Arsenal and have a new manager and managed to get a result.

On Scott Hogan's fine form...

It's amazing how quickly you can gain confidence.

He gets a goal against Bristol City and he looks a different player.

I have to say, Steve Agnew has worked with him closely and done a great job.

He's oozing that bit of confidence now and he looked the real deal today.


On Man of the Match Robert Snodgrass...

I shouldn't say he rolled back the years, but that's what he did.

They tried to kick him into the Trent Bridge today, and he just kept getting up for more.

It was a great performance from him. He was terrific.

On Birkir Bjarnason's calming influence in midfield...

I'm really pleased for him. 

It was an experiment to see if he could play there and he proved he can.

I was delighted for him because it's not gone as well for him as we'd all have liked since he arrived.

A performance like that will do him the world of good.


On the centre-back pairing of John Terry and James Chester being reunited...

We're delighted with it.

It's great to see Terry back, isn't it?

On sustaining momentum going into the Barnsley home match next week...

Let's prepare right. 

We've got two home games coming up now in the next few weeks, with a trip to Sheffield United in-between.

Bring them on.

Dan Connor
By @danconnor 13th January 2018